This article was published in The Hollywood Star News in Feb 2019
Lean Portland is an organization focused on helping nonprofits by applying principles rooted in efficiency and continuous improvement. When Matt Horvat, an internal process and healthcare professional moved to Portland, he sought to become more involved in the community. He met a group of
like-minded individuals who through networking made connections with
nonprofit groups interested in improving their organization. Since 2013, their clients have included Free Geek, the ReBuilding Center, Social Venture Partners, and Depave, a nonprofit that transforms overpaved surfaces into vibrant greenspaces.
Lean Portland is committed to education and networking events and providing community consulting.
“While experience or interest in Lean brings us together, we are really all about giving back to the community and building relationships,” said Horvat.
Passionate about topics ranging from the environment to healthcare, Lean Portland members outreach to nonprofits by conducting free workshops throughout the year in Lean and Six Sigma.
The underlying principles of Lean thinking include: standardization, creating flow, visual management, and problem solving. The challenge to applying these principles is engaging people to actually do it, according to Lean communications lead Maria Grzanka.
“Organizational culture plays an enormous role in implementing these principles. Work elements need to be integrated with behavior, habits and mindset.
Organizations often skip the sustaining part because it’s hard,” she said.
To learn more about Lean Portland, drop by a happy hour event held every first Tuesday of the month. Their next meeting on February 5 will take place at Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 N.W. Quimby St., and focus on gathering feedback from the community on what topics and/or speakers they would like to see in 2019.
Information about upcoming events and workshops are posted to their website: www.leanportland.com.